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EU Prize for Women Innovators 2020: 21 entrepreneurs are through to the final

Twenty-one of the most talented and inspiring women entrepreneurs in Europe and beyond are in the shortlist for the EU Prize for Women Innovators 2020. The prize celebrates the outstanding achievements of female entrepreneurs running innovative companies and is funded by the EU’s Horizon 2020 programme for research and innovation.

Neus Sabaté (Spain), co-founder and Scientific Adviser at Fuelium, a company developing paper-based eco-friendly batteries for portable diagnostic devices is one of the finalist for this Prize.

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Improving zinc-air rechargeable batteries with nanoparticles

CSIC scientists at the ICMAB and the IMB-CNM are working to achieve an efficient zinc-air battery recharging. These batteries have more capacity than the lithium-ion ones, and are made of cheap materials, which are widely available in nature as well as safe.

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CNM-CSIC participates in the EU HARVESTORE project. It is a five years FET-PROACTIVE project aiming at miniaturised mixed energy harvesting and storage devices using disruptive concepts from the emerging Nanoionics and Iontronics disciplines. These nano-enabled micro-energy systems with a footprint below 1 cm3 should power autonomous wireless sensor nodes for the future Internet of Things from ubiquitous heat and light sources. CNM is providing the technological resources and knowhow to integrate those devices in silicon technology allowing the highly dense features and scalability required for real miniaturization and massive deployment that will show their viability as a new technological paradigm of embedded energy.

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IONS4SET project

Ion-irradiation-induced Si nanodot Self-Assembly for Hybrid SET-CMOS Technology. The aim of the IONS4SET project was to create single electron transistors for ultra-low power electronics so that the component using these optimized transistors delivers good performance at very low energy consumption. This type of transistor requires fabrication of nanopillars well beyond the state of the art, which implement a process compatible with the semiconductor industry (CMOS).

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Two runs of wafers were completed last week for the POC4COVID and CONVAT projects.

Two runs of wafers were completed last week for the POC4COVID and CONVAT projects, led by Cesar Fernández and Carlos Domínguez; both related to the detection of COVID-19. These runs have been manufactured during the weeks of confinement. Thanks to all the staff of the institute and, above all, to the workers in the Clean Room for the effort made.

Cover Vol. 10 Issue 5, May 2020 Nanomaterials. Internalization and Viability Studies of Suspended Nanowire Silicon Chips in HeLa Cells.

The article "Internalization and Viability Studies of Suspended Nanowire Silicon Chips in HeLa Cells" developed by the Micro- & Nanotools Group from the Institute of Microlectronics of Barcelona has been featured on the cover of the journal Nanomaterials. We exted our congratulations to the researchers.

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